|This is me with my daughter, Lucy.|
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
I hope that you can immediately see the big difference in the language and appreciate how much effort has gone into changing some words that have important meaning and upon which lives depend. Those listed in the letter above are to be thanked as well as those listed in Texas Right to Life's press release:
In addition to Representative Tan Parker, others who helped Representative Springer are to be thanked: Representative Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) who serves as the Pro-Life Whip in the Texas House, Representative James Frank (R-Wichita Falls), Representative Dan Huberty (R-Houston/Kingwood), Representative Stephanie Klick (R-Fort Worth), and Representative Richard Raymond (D-Laredo). We are very grateful for their diligence and time spent to facilitate changes to HB 3074.
Let me address what the revised wording accomplishes in my own view. With regard to the second exception, "be medically contraindicated such that the provision of the treatment seriously exacerbates life-threatening medical problems not outweighed by the benefit of the provision of the treatment" is much more narrow and precise than "seriously exacerbate other major medical problems..." Withdrawing AANH how has to be in those rare circumstances, for example, where a person's body simply cannot assimilate the AANH any longer. That doeshappen.
While Texas Right to Life will continue to pursue patient protections and larger reforms to the Texas Advance Directives Act, limiting the circumstances in which food and water can be withdrawn is progress. Representative Springer considered our decade of experience as the only organization that helps patients and families facing futile care judgments; he heard our concerns and those of many others about the pitfalls of broad language, accepted our changes, and brought aboard the other stakeholders.
Thursday, April 16, 2015
|I had the opportunity to attend Mass at St. Mary's Cathedral prior to testifying.|
- HB 2949 by Representative Stephanie Klick & SB 1546 by Senator Charles Perry is a DNR Consent Bill - that is, you would have to give your consent prior to a "Do Not Resuscitate" Order being put in your file. That is not the law currently. DNRs are slipped into patients' files without their knowledge or consent. This allows the hospital to NOT resuscitate a patient. How about that?
- HB 3414 by Representative James Frank & SB 1163 by Senator Kelly Hancock. This reform to current law (Chapter 166.046 of the Health & Safety Code) would limit the statutory ethics committee process to only be used to withdraw treatment that is physiologically futile. This bill would also clarify that treatment decisions cannot be based on discriminatory judgments against persons with disabilities, the elderly, and terminally ill patients.
- “In nature, when people are immobile this long, they get eaten.” Stated by the neurologist advocating for the termination of this patient’s care and life.
- “What we are saying is his quality of life will never change.” Primary doctor recommending termination.
- “The person Mr. ___ was is gone because that resides in the brain and that is gone.”
- “The person is not going to return.”
- “The real action is the person he was…that person is gone and is not coming back.”